What’s your favorite scary movie? Sound familiar? the story of the movie we’re talking about is about a girl named Sydney. When a serial killer [later to be known as Ghostface] shows up, Sidney starts to suspect that her mother’s abrupt death [which happened a year prior to the beginning of the movie] and two new deaths involving her friends are somehow related. In today’s edition of Friday Fun Fact, If you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re going to be analyzing a special gem [that still holds up well today] known to the world as Scream. I remember the first time I had watched the film; it was at a friend’s house and being the youngish kid I was, I remember being so severely shocked at the quality of the gore. It was one of the first times I had seen a film where the gore effects were done well enough enough to “feel real”. As I got older, and I started to understand horror movies a bit better, I came to realize that Scream isn’t so much a horror film, but more of a satire on horror films. It falls victim to many horror cliches, but that was the point of it: to make fun of typical horror tropes. Let me give you an example. According to the film, there are six specific “rules” that horror films tend to follow. These six “rules” are as follows:
1. You will not survive if you have sex
2. You will not survive if you drink or do drugs
3. You will not survive if you say “I’ll be right back”
4. Everyone is a suspect.
5. You will not survive if you ask “Who’s there?”
6. You will not survive if you go out to investigate a strange noise.
It’s pretty intense how on point the “rules” are; especially in typical slasher films of today. it’s surprising how many films actually fit those rules, It’s as if Wes Craven knew how typical horror movies work! [I assure you: that would be sarcasm, people!]
but did you know?
During the film’s initial production, Ghostface‘s signature black robe was originally planned to be white – the idea was that it’d make him look even more “like a ghost”. This was quickly changed though, because after testing the outfit out, the producers worried that people would start comparing the killer’s costume to those that the Ku Klux Klan wear. [good call, team! Saved an earful and a half!]
Here’s another fun fact for you youngsters! [specifically: the guys!] Remember the scene when Tatum enters the garage through the dog-door? When the movie was first released [and still to this day] many viewers mentioned that the actress’ nipples are shown to be extremely erect through her shirt! In case you were wondering, this wasn’t achieved by using prosthetics. That’s right, what I’m saying is: the “nipples” you’re seeing are in fact, the actress’ real nipples. [for all you perverts, and nipple enthusiasts, check them out for yourself down below!]
The last bit of trivia, comes with some truth attached to it: The Ghostface killer was actually based on a Florida serial killer, known as the “Gainesville Ripper“. Later revealed to be Danny Rolling, the Ripper was found guilty of murdering five students [one was a student of the Santa Fe College and the other four went to the University Of Florida] during a burglary and robbery spree in Gainesville, Florida. He was known for mutilating his victims‘ bodies, even going so far as decapitating one of them. Ultimately, he was executed by lethal injection in late 2006. [read more about the Gainesville Ripper over on CrimeLibrary]
In the end, Scream wasn’t based on actual events – just inspired by some. It’s a great film, which I’ve come to love; and the series is even getting itself a TV series in the near future! [which, in my opinion, is kinda weird] Ghostface is fucking terrifying, more so when you consider who he turned out to be. [in the movies]
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